ESPN will premiere a documentary about the true story of the 1951 University of San Francisco football team, which took a courageous and principled stand against racism, according to the University’s website.
The 9-0 team from the Jesuit university was invited to the Orange Bowl on the condition that it leave behind two African-American players. The bowl game could have brought money, attention and even possibly a national championship to the small Catholic institution, but it refused.
The bowl berth might have saved the football program, but USF stood by its decision and shut down the program at the end of the season for lack of funds.
“We pulled out of the bowl bid because it was the right thing to do, and the only thing to do—we were a family,” said former player Bob St. Clair.
The documentary premiers at 4 p.m. on Feb. 9 and will be rebroadcast throughout the month.
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